Chaser

Chaser

Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words

eBook - 2013
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A New York Times Bestseller "The most scientifically important dog in over a century." ђ́ؤBrian Hare Chaser has fascinated dog lovers and scientists alike. Her story reveals the potential for taking out dialogue with dogs well beyond "fetch." When retired psychology professor John Pilley first got his new Border collie puppy, Chaser, he wanted to explore the boundaries of language learning and communication between humans and man's best friend. Exhibiting intelligence previously thought impossible in dogs, Chaser soon learned the names of more than a thousand toys and sentences with multiple elements of grammar. Chaser's accomplishments are revolutionizing the way we think about the intelligence of animals. John and Chaser's inspiring journey demonstrates the power of learning through play and opens our eyes to the boundless potential in the animals we love.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780544102439
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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ArapahoeLinda Aug 29, 2016

Having loved my own border collie and admired her understanding of the spoken word and even the unspoken word, I found Chaser to be a bittersweet read. I felt that Chaser, like a gifted child, lived with the pressure to perform and to constantly show his knowledge. Yet, I found joy in reading about a beloved pet that loved to work just like my beloved Cassie.

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StarGladiator
Jan 27, 2015

I recall many years ago, when I was fortunate to have a wonderful canine companion, also a Border Collie, whom I would let out in the backyard upon returning from work each night. When I would bring out her food, I would find her sitting in front of a pile of peaches, gnawing on them. Since there wasn't a peach tree in the yard, I would have to sneak out and discover that she had dug a hole in the corner by the fence, where a wooded area bordered the yard, and she would make several runs bringing peaches back into the yard. If that isn't abstract intelligence. . . .

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